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California Air Resources Board News Clips for July 13, 2011. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. AIR POLLUTION EPA Says All Texas Plants Will Get New Air Permits. Nearly 140 Texas plants, including some of the nation's largest refineries, have reached a deal with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to receive new permits even though a long-standing battle between the Lone Star State and the federal agency is far from over. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_EPA_VS_TEXAS?SITE=FLSTU&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT AP Newsbreak: http://www.modbee.com/2011/07/12/1771970/epa-says-all-texas-plants-will.html http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18462048 SCIENCE: Air Pollution Linked To Depression, Forgetfulness. Feeling a bit slow and depressed? It just might be the Inland area's foul air. Neuroscientists at Ohio State University have linked fine-particle air pollution to slow thinking, bad memory and depressive-like behaviors in mice. The exposed animals also were found to have abnormal brain cells, inhibiting the flow of electrical impulses that transmit information. Posted. http://www.pe.com/localnews/stories/PE_News_Local_D_mentalair13.38fde16.html Local Air Quality Laurels Awarded. Breathe California Central Coast has recognized three Central Coast organizations and individuals with its 2011 Annual Clean Air Awards. The awards are in three categories: ª Leadership: Janet Brennan of Carmel Valley for her more than 40 years of dedication to air quality advocacy. ª Technology: Salinas Valley Solid Waste Authority of Salinas, for reducing greenhouse gas emissions …Posted. http://www.thecalifornian.com/article/20110713/NEWS01/107130325 5 Air Pollution Facts And Myths. Ever wonder why air pollution is worse on hot summer days? Extreme heat across much of the U.S. this week is triggering potentially unhealthy levels of air pollution, at least for those especially sensitive to dirty air, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. When air pollution levels rise, people are wise to stay indoors, or at least avoid heavy exertion outdoors when ozone levels are highest (typically in the afternoon and evening on hot summer days). Posted. http://health.msn.com/health-topics/asthma/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100274244>1=31005 CLIMATE CHANGE Climate Debate Buried Under Recent Air Quality Standards In House Markup. A House bill to destabilize U.S. EPA's regulatory authority passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday, one of the more recent efforts to block recent EPA regulations under the Clean Air Act. Described variously as both a "common-sense approach" and an act "only despots would support," the "Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011" -- Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/07/13/8 Senators, Think Tanks Form New Carbon Capture Alliance. The potential carbon reductions from enhanced oil recovery are vast, according to some estimates. It could store permanently at least a billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, or about a sixth of the U.S. annual total output, within two decades, said Vello Kuuskraa, president of Advanced Resources International Inc., a consulting company. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/07/13/9 DIESEL EMISSIONS Pittsburgh Panel Oks Diesel Limits For Contractors. Pittsburgh City Council has approved a bill that would limit diesel emissions on contractors' vehicles used in city-subsidized construction projects. The bill was hailed as the first clean-air law passed by council since the middle of last century, though Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's office says he was still reviewing the bill and uncertain if he would sign it. The bill passed Tuesday with a veto-proof 8-0 majority, however, making that a formality. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_18468351 http://www.contracostatimes.com/ci_18468351 FUELS No Eureka Moments In Long U.S. Campaign To Crack Cellulosic Code. Fourth in an occasional series on the bioeconomy. Down on a farm in Illinois, his forearm stuck inside the noisome gut of a living and otherwise unperturbed brown cow, Matthias Hess, a German-born microbiologist and geneticist, felt far removed from the white hum of his biology lab. Hess had been fishing in the cow's rumen, its largest stomach, for a nylon mesh sack resembling an oversized teabag. The stink of vomit mixed with rotten eggs and fertilizer. Working through a permanent rubberized hole carved into the heifer's side, Hess waited for its half-digested slop to churn, freeing his hand. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/07/13/1 Desperate Times Call For Dirty Energy. Driving his black Chevy pickup to the top of the bluff where Baard Energy wants to build the first large-scale plant in the United States that would turn coal into liquid fuels, Rick Williams points a thick index finger at the vacant homes and empty store fronts that make up his Ohio River Valley town and reminisces about what used to be. Posted. http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-07-12-desperate-times-call-for-dirty-energy VEHICLES Kicking Hybrid Cars Out of the Fast Lane. California Stops Letting Solo Hybrid Drivers in the Carpool Lane, Boosting Other Technologies; Will Other States Follow? Most things you buy don't call for research into whether shifting federal and state policies could hit the value of your purchase. Fuel-efficient, advanced-technology vehicles are an exception. Interest in natural-gas-fueled cars such as this Civic is growing in California. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303812104576441781190400052.html Working On The Railroad. Loud, black smoke-billowing engines used to be the image conjured up when people thought about trains running through town. Now the image is "green?" Northern California Railroad Co., which runs trains almost daily through Tehama, Glenn, and Colusa counties, was honored in June by Breathe California out of Sacramento with the 2011 Clean Air Champion Business Award for playing a model role in helping reduce noise and emission along their routes. Posted. http://www.willows-journal.com/news/railroad-6854-tri-cindy.html Natural Gas Trash Trucks Coming to Town? For nearly two decades, Waste Management says it has helped the environment by replacing standard garbage trucks with ones that run on cleaner fuel: natural gas created by recycling trash. As city officials and Waste Management workers gathered Tuesday at the company’s Long Beach hauling facility to celebrate the deployment of their 1,000th natural-gas-powered recycling truck…Posted. http://cerritos.patch.com/articles/natural-gas-trash-trucks-coming-to-town New York City Sells (And Buys) Electric Cars. New York -- This city is pitching electric cars to its residents almost as aggressively as the carmakers themselves in its push to clean the air and lower its carbon footprint. Yesterday, the New York City government hosted a free screening of the new documentary "Revenge of the Electric Car" at a location deep inside Central Park. The follow-on to "Who Killed the Electric Car?" originally screened in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/07/13/10 GREEN ENERGY G.O.P. Bid to Void Light Bulb Law Fails. House Republicans on Tuesday failed to advance a measure that would repeal regulations that increase efficiency standards for light bulbs, rules that they have assailed as an example of government overreach. “The 2010 elections demonstrated that Americans are fed up with government intrusion,” Representative Joe Barton, a Texas Republican who proposed the repeal, said in a debate on Monday. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/13/business/energy-environment/republicans-fail-to-annul-new-light-bulb-law.html?_r=1 http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-light-bulbs-20110713,0,5277581,print.story California Leads Nation In 'Green Jobs,' Study Says. The Brookings Institution report, which is likely to draw more debate over what constitutes a 'green' job, found that almost 320,000 people work in such jobs, and 90,000 of them are in the L.A. metropolitan area. California continued to lead the nation in the number of people with "green jobs," according to a study that looked at the growing influence of the so-called clean economy. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-green-jobs-20110713,0,865856,print.story S.F. Ranked 6th In U.S. For Green Jobs By Survey. San Francisco considers itself a leader of the green economy, a font of eco-friendly jobs. But according to a new survey, Philadelphia has more. So do Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. The survey, to be released today by the Brookings Institution, attempts to count green jobs nationwide. It ranked San Francisco sixth among U.S. metropolitan areas, with 51,811 jobs providing goods or services that help the environment. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/07/13/BU371K9MK9.DTL&type=printable Bay Area A 'Clean Economy' Powerhouse, New Study Finds. The nation's clean economy -- defined as goods and services with an environmental benefit -- employs about 2.7 million people, more than the fossil-fuel industry and twice the size of the biosciences sector, according to a new report to be released Wednesday by the Brookings Institution. California's 318,156 "clean economy" jobs, which include everything from waste management and treatment to mass transit and organic farming, make up 2.1 percent of all jobs in the state, according to the report. Posted. http://www.insidebayarea.com/business/ci_18468176 http://www.contracostatimes.com/business/ci_18468176 San Diego's Green Jobs Grow In National Report. Local leaders say numbers are larger than shown. The green economy in metropolitan San Diego remains modest despite years of efforts to bolster industries that create environmental benefits, according to a national assessment being released today by the Brookings Institution and Battelle. Posted. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/jul/13/san-diegos-green-jobs-grow-national-report/ Clean Technology Can Create 2.7M Jobs, But Do Those Jobs Cut Emissions? Today's "clean economy" comprises about 2.7 million jobs, according to new research, but relatively few of these contribute major carbon cuts. In a wide-ranging count of "green jobs," the Brookings Institution and Battelle identified hundreds of thousands of jobs in public transportation, waste collection and management, and organic food. Jobs in renewable energy, electric cars and other low-carbon technologies played a small role. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/print/2011/07/13/3 Green Jobs Growing Across Country With West Leading. California tops the rest of the nation in green energy jobs, the Brookings Institution said in a new report that looks at the state of the clean energy economy. The Golden State has more than 318,000 green energy workers, the report said, and added more than 79,000 jobs in the sector from 2003 through 2010. The West as a region has the largest share of green jobs relative to its population. But it is not alone in seeing the influence of clean energy expansion. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/07/13/3 San Francisco Resurrects PACE Program For Businesses. San Francisco -- Businesses will have a new way to finance solar, energy efficiency and other clean energy building retrofits under legislation that San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (D) submitted today to the city's Board of Supervisors. The proposal is a resurrection of the Property Assessed Clean Energy loan model, in which municipalities take out bonds to back property owners' home upgrades. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/Greenwire/print/2011/07/13/18 So Much For GOP’s Light Bulb Bill. Whether they decided they had more important things to worry about than saving the inefficient light bulb, or whether they were scared of enraging the ghost of Thomas Edison, House members put the kibosh on a bill that would have repealed light bulb efficiency standards. Posted. http://www.grist.org/list/2011-07-13-so-much-for-gops-light-bulb-bill VEHICLES Nanostructures Could Result In Cheaper Electric-Car Batteries. A Beijing startup called Wuhe is making electrode materials and batteries that could lower the cost of electric vehicles. The company uses nanostructures for battery materials that, like other recent nanostructures, let the materials deliver the large bursts of power needed for acceleration while maintaining energy storage capacity. Posted. http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/38005/?p1=MstRcnt OPINIONS Editorial: Transportation Bill Must Fund An Array Of Modes. With the nation facing a slow economic recovery, continuing joblessness and aging transportation system, you'd think members of Congress would make it a priority to renew the transportation funding bill. Why not put people to work repairing deteriorating roads and bridges and building the rail, transit, bike and pedestrian systems that are essential to our prosperity? Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/13/v-print/3765544/transportation-bill-must-fund.html BLOGS With Tiny Cans, a New Trash Equation. Reaching for a petite dessert dish instead of the mixing bowl may help you curb your ice cream consumption. Grabbing a basket rather than a shopping cart helps control how many “necessities” you pick up at the store. Similarly, trading your office garbage can for a daintier disposal bin may remind you to send less trash to the landfill. Posted. http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/12/with-tiny-cans-a-new-trash-equation/?ref=earth Solar Panel Rebate Program To Relaunch In L.A. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation's largest municipal utility, will hold public workshops this week in a move to relaunch its troubled solar panel incentive program. In April, the city shut down the program after it was overwhelmed with applications and ran out of money. The DWP had budgeted $30 million for the program, which offers rebates to businesses and residents to install rooftop solar panels to generate electricity. Posted. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/greenspace/2011/07/dwp-solar-rebates-feed-in-tariff-los-angeles.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenspaceEnvironmentBlog+%28Greenspace%29 Recycled Tires, Soy Make Their Way into Ford Cars. Following up on Nick Aster’s post last week, Ford Motor Company works with a local Detroit manufacturer to churn old recycled tires and soy into parts that now make their way into 11 of Ford’s vehicles. Ford and its partner, Recycled Polymeric Materials (RPM), have joined forces to make the components since 2008. If the technology can scale, this will serve an example of how the manufacture of “sustainable” automobiles can progress far beyond battery technology and alternative fuels. Posted. http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/07/recycled-tires-soy-make-ford-cars/ Spanish City Offers Lifetime Tram Passes in Exchange for Cars. The city of Murcia, Spain is going to great lengths to help reduce the city’s traffic congestion and to promote the use of the greener method – public transportation. The bold move involves offering citizens a lifetime pass to their brand-spanking-new tram system — in exchange for their cars! Posted. http://inhabitat.com/spanish-city-offers-lifetime-tram-passes-in-exchange-for-cars/ West Coast Erosion: A Glimpse Of Warming? The entire U.S. West Coast took a dramatic beating from the El Niño episode that ended last year, a new study reveals, as powerful waves gouged away chunks of shoreline at far higher levels than previously measured. And while El Niño remains a regional phenomenon, the study’s lead author says such episodes, along with strong waves and high water, could become more frequent as the planet warms in the decades ahead. Posted. http://sciencedude.ocregister.com/2011/07/12/west-coast-erosion-a-glimpse-of-warming/131957/ Toyota Central R&D Labs Develops New Ferrihydrite Material That Effectively Removes Ozone From Air. Researchers at Toyota Central R&D Labs Inc. (Japan) report in the journal Angewandte Chemie the development of a mesoporous two-line ferrihydrite (2LFh)—ferrihydrite is a widespread mineral composed of iron, oxygen, and water—that could lead to a new generation of ozone filters in electrostatic devices and aircraft applications. Posted. http://www.greencarcongress.com/2011/07/toyota-central-rd-labs-develops-new-ferrihydrite-material-that-effectively-removes-ozone-from-air.html